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About The Event
1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘blue stocking’ – an unnatural, educated women. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable.
In Jessica Swale’s debut play, Blue Stockings, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.
‘Love or knowledge: which would you chose?’
The play will be on stage on the last two weekends of October. Tickets are £9.00 (concessions £8.00) and can be bought at Robinson's Stationers on the Thoroughfare in Harleston, telephone 01379 855027. Alternatively visit the Harleston Players website www.harlestonplayers.co.uk There will also be one performance 'on tour' to The Cut in Halesworth on Thursday 24 October.
'Cracking... leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome'
'Brings wit and intelligence to a meaty subject'
'Lively and eye-opening'
'Thoughtful and provocative... thoroughly researched and grippingly dramatised'
'Touching and entertaining... Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation'